During my research into the Hodnett name I found out the following things. Firstly William the Conqueror gave part of the North of Shropshire the village which is now called Hodnet to a norman called something De-Hodnet. I was told at Hodnet Hall that Hodnet meant peacefull valley but I have also heard that it meant hood or wearer of hood in French. The present owners of Hodnet Hall are the Heber-Percy, they have been there since about 1250.
People who have a surname that is named after a place, only got the name as they left the village to marry or to work somewhere else, like William who married in the next village would become William of Hodnet. The next person totally unrelated would become Thomas of Hodnett.
I believe the Hodnet families in Ireland, went to Ireland via Scotland. I think all Hodnets originally came from Shropshire.
Although the name is Norman, it does not mean that all Hodnets were Norman, as the people who lived in the area before the Normans would eventually be called Hodnet as they left the village.
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